The ATIV S features a 4.8″ 1280 by 720 HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 306ppi, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel primary camera, a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera, near field communications, and support for HSPA+ networks. The Ativ S is available with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage with micro SDXC expansion for up to an additional 64 GB. It further features a 2300mAh removable battery and a brushed-metal look of the battery door.
The phone is known for having very similar hardware to the Galaxy S III, which runs Google Android.
On 26 June 2013, Sprint announced that it will be releasing the Samsung ATIV S Neo and HTC 8XT during summer 2013. Samsung ATIV S Neo's appearance is similar to the ATIV S', though has notable differences spec-wise, having 1.4 GHz processor speed, a 2000mAh battery, TFT LCD screen, and LTE connectivity.